Life in a Tank

Read by William A Crenshaw

(4.1 stars; 106 reviews)

Richard Haigh was an Infantry lieutenant in the 2nd Royal Berkshire Infantry Regiment serving in the Somme area in 1916. Shortly after Tanks were first used in battle in September of 1916 the British Army asked for volunteers, Lieutenant Haigh signed up and was accepted in December of 1916. He describes the training and actions he participated in until the war ended in 1918. He was awarded MC in 1916 as Lt. (acting Capt.) Richard Haigh, Royal Berkshire Regiment. He was commissioned from the RMC (Sandhurst) to the Berkshires 16th Feb 1915; on resigning his commission in 1919, he joined the General Reserve of Officers. (Summary by William A. Crenshaw) (2 hr 13 min)


The Meaning of the Tank Corps 9:45 Read by William A Crenshaw
First Days of Training 24:42 Read by William A Crenshaw
Later Days of Training 10:38 Read by William A Crenshaw
Moving up the Line 11:29 Read by William A Crenshaw
Preparations for the Show 14:07 Read by William A Crenshaw
The First Battle 12:49 Read by William A Crenshaw
The Second Battle 27:36 Read by William A Crenshaw
Rest and Discipline 7:45 Read by William A Crenshaw
A Philosophy of War 14:55 Read by William A Crenshaw


Great book. Reader could do better.

(5 stars)

Really interesting book about life of a tanker during WWI. Only complaint I have is reader was monotonous.

Interesting Book

(4 stars)

It was a very interesting and informative book, but I think in his last chapter when he talks about how the war is forgotten in the mind of the soldier after it is over is bunk. PTSD has always been major product of war.


(4 stars)

This short book tells the story of early British tank operations on the Western Front. Although it contains some of the self censorship and jingoism typical of contemporary accounts it still gives a good picture of what it was like to operate these machines.

(5 stars)

Very glad to be told the life tank soldiers had to endure.

superb reading sorry even easier listening and well read love

(5 stars)

good book, though monotone & no voice inflection

(4.5 stars)

(3 stars)

Good battle description but last two chapter rants are bs. Virtues of discipline covering up the excuse of wanton slaughter through ineffective strategic leadership

(3.5 stars)

some of the information is fascinating. Especially the gender of the tanks. It's told too straightforward though. Needed more personal stories